Order Reprint of this Story August 31, Looking for somewhere clean and safe. That will precede a vote that could change the landscape of edgy entertainment in the unincorporated areas of the Grand Strand.
Meanwhile, at least two attorneys for the adult businesses have penciled in trips to the McMillan Federal Building in Florence for Wednesday to file temporary restraining orders to stall the implementation of ordinances, if they pass, until a judge can hear the potential case in U. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today.
The women dancers bared their breasts and wore G-strings until the county stepped in to make them cover up. Supreme Court, but it remained open and operated as a non-adult entertainment venue.
In , the Pink Pony in Garden City Beach sued Horry County after the county required a 6-foot separation between a dancer and patron and mandated a common tip jar for all gratuities. The lawsuit, which was later removed to U. District Court in Florence, maintained the law violated constitutional rights of equal protection and freedom of speech. Two years later, a federal judge ruled the ordinance was too broad and therefore unconstitutional. In the early s, the county went to court with Excitement Video Inc.
The county tried police raids in and resurrected the ordinance fight in and to no avail. The third and final reading of the two newest ordinances related to adult businesses is scheduled for Tuesday.
The zoning ordinance restricts adult-themed businesses to one of three zoned areas in the county — highway commercial, limited industrial and heavy industrial. It forces the businesses to be at least 1, feet from residential properties, churches, daycares and the like, which will effectively make every adult business in unincorporated Horry County in violation. Council will also consider the third reading of a conduct ordinance, which prevents adult-themed businesses from being open between midnight and 6 a.
It also states semi-nudity is OK if employees are six feet from patrons on a stage that is at least 18 inches high. Gold Club owner chimes in on churchgoers, seeking damages from taxpayers The evidence needed Counties are not able to implement an adult business ordinance with teeth unless they have done due diligence by proving the businesses produce negative secondary effects — such as prostitution arrests and drug use — and contribute to reduced property values. He also cited a dancer arrested on prostitution charge at The Gold Club on Oct.
Horry County has gone so far as to sue and close adult businesses, saying they were public nuisances. The county claims there were sexual acts being performed in video booths at Excitement Video adult bookstore in Most recently in July, Celebrations adult bookstore was closed over claims of prostitution, sex, and drugs.
The insurance company, however, has said it will not cover the defense of the ordinance. The county will send its attorneys bills to the Insurance Reserve Fund to determine how much of it will be covered. That is, of course, if they continue to conduct business as they have been.
Every law says this is right and this is wrong. Every law is legislating morality at some time. The question is not whether we can legislate morality, the question is whose morality is going to be legislated. The separation of church and state is an age-old concept, and Geisler is often called upon nationwide to explain his beliefs.
Will it close my business? He has been called a liar and has been accused of trying to deceive county officials by applying for a bar and nightclub license and not identifying it as an adult business. But the county does not have any adult businesses licensed as such. I had a great relationship with the county. You do almost nine years of business, you pay your taxes, you do charitable things with the police department or for different individuals in the community.
You do those things because you want to give back to the community. Yeah, of course there could be. As an operator, we have the same duty as a police officer on the road, to police our club. He said his Cleveland-based attorney has been flown in to talk with the county several times and will be there Tuesday. So the new definition of the ordinance was good for the county, good for the citizens and good for us.
But we like where this is going. We might have to put more clothes on, but the signs are still going to go up. If we do prevail there, of course our federal case will move forward high speed. It can really turn into a circus when it goes into a third reading.
They might come out of it creatively and do something different. But Rose has already begun making some interior changes like new televisions at the bar, new lights, new paint and plans for new carpet.